1-59 between Gadsden, Collinsville reopens after Tanker wreck - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

1-59 between Gadsden, Collinsville reopens after Tanker wreck

Traffic was detoured in both directions. (Source: Viewer) Traffic was detoured in both directions. (Source: Viewer)
The tanker (far left) spilled a portion of its gasoline haul. (Source: Aaron L./WBRC) The tanker (far left) spilled a portion of its gasoline haul. (Source: Aaron L./WBRC)
ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A gas tanker overturned on I-59 between Gadsden and Collinsville Thursday afternoon that caused detours into Friday morning.

State troopers said the route reopened on Friday morning.

An estimated 8,000 gallons of fuel was inside the tanker. Officials said only one tank ruptured, causing about a quarter of the fuel to leak. The driver made it out of the tanker without major injury.

Crews with Gadsden/Etowah County Emergency Management completed transferring the remaining fuel to a relief tank. Officials said the interstate closed in that area into Friday morning as crews cleared and cleaned the scene.

"A situation like this is almost a worst-case scenario," said EMA Operations Manager Michael Amerson. "When you have a tanker full of gasoline, it's a fire hazard and explosive hazard. It's a threat to the environment, as well."

State troopers are investigating the wreck.

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